Talking Fussball Extra – SC Freiburg update + MD26 Preview

Talking Fussball Extra is back…loud and clear everybody! Matt Hermann and Nik Wildhagen cover all the German football news that’s fit to pod, and run through what’s to come on Match Day 26.

And hey remember SC Freiburg? The plucky southwesterners led by a wild-eyed cyclist who nearly made the Champions League and then went tumbling out of the league? Well, they still play soccer on a professional basis in the 2. Bundesliga. Nik went to see them, he spoke to SCF superfan Chris Walker (@SCF_UK), and the proof is in the middle of our broadcast. Enjoy!

Talking Fussball Extra – Juve v Bayern, Schmidt’s ban, MD23 Preview

If you’re up for some fussball talking, you’ve come to the right place. Matt Hermann and Nik Wildhagen discuss all the choice topics in the German game this week: Bayern Munich’s UEFA Champions League draw in Turin, Leverkusen Coach Roger Schmidt’s ban for persistent dissent, Mainz Sporting Director Christian Heidel’s move to FC Schalke 04 and Mitchell Weiser’s rad Karl Lagerfeld costume.

All that plus a preview of Bundesliga Match Day 23. Go listen to it right now…

Talking Fussball Extra – Gent v Wolfsburg, MD22 Preview

Just in time to mull over the Bundesliga’s lone UEFA Champions League encounter (but too early, unfortunately, to take in all those Europa League ties), Talking Fussball Extra returns for another breezy hour of football discussion.

This week Matt Hermann and Nik Wildhagen are joined by Kirsten Schlewitz, veteran writer and editor at a string of online outlets and now one of the founders behind the exciting estrogen-fueled venture known as Unusual Efforts. It’s a football site and publication that’s entirely run by women, it’s coming soon, and you should pay attention – it’s almost certain to turn up new ideas and perspectives. (And I suspect you’ve read enough soccer writing by dudes for two lifetimes, no?)

We take in Wolfsburg’s emphatic-then-stuttering away win, Kevin Prince Boateng’s tell-all memoir, and all the coming action on Bundesliga Match Day 22.

Talking Fussball Extra – DFB Pokal review + Match Day 21 preview

Matt Hermann and Nik Wildhagen are back, and this time Matt was able to leave his secure underground location ahead of the recording session. (That means the sound is much improved on his end this week.) The lads dig into the DFB Pokal quarter finals and the upcoming match day in the Bundesliga on an all new Talking Fussball Extra.

In part one, Huub Stevens’ departure from Hoffenheim and the mid-week fixtures in the DFB Pokal are on the agenda. and you can find out all you need to know about match day 21 in the second part of Talking Fussball Extra.

Talking Fussball Extra – Bayern under siege + Match Day 20 preview

The upcoming weekend in the Bundesliga promises major entertainment as 6 of the top 7 teams in the league go up against each other. Matt Hermann and Niklas Wildhagen are back to dig into all the latest Bundesliga news and to preview the upcoming match day. Please excuse the sound quality on Matt’s voice; he fell down a well just prior to recording.

In part 1 the boys focus on news about Arturo Vidal, Serdar Tasci, and Bayern Munich’s latest fit of pique – as well as the latest moves on the transfer market.

Mid-show Matt and Nik are joined by Cris Nyari, Media Manager at FC Bayern’s US office, to talk about how the record champions are working toward increasing their global following.

At the end of the show match day 20 is tastefully previewed.

Talking Fussball Extra – Transfer updates and Shambles 04 + MD19 preview

Another weekend of Bundesliga action is coming up, but before the teams swing into action a fair few sides have decided to make some last minute changes to their rosters. Matt Hermann and Nik Wildhagen dive into all the latest transfer news and give you their take on the latest moves.

One of the clubs still looking to sign another new player is Schalke 04, who are on the lookout for a new central defender due to Benni Höwedes’s long-term injury. However, the club has made headlines this week for entirely different reasons. Find out about the latest instalment of the long-running soap opera that is Schalke 04.

In part 2 of the show the boys dive into the upcoming match day and you’ll hear all about the nine upcoming Bundesliga matches. Find out what matches you should watch and what we can expect from this weekend’s action.

Talking Fussball Extra – Winterpause concludes/MD18 Preview

The first-est Talking Fussball episode of 2016 is here, and it’s pretty special indeed as Matt Hermann and Nik Wildhagen are joined by old chum Terry Duffelen for a freewheeling chat about as many storylines as we could fit into an hour and change.

At the top we turn over the keys to the show to you listeners, as we mull over the winter break fortunes of the clubs whose fans made the most noise in the run-up to the show. Then we move on to Match Day 18 in the Bundesliga, which features a couple of games we HAD to talk about, and a few more that each panelist had to make his case for. Finally we get all clairvoyant and make our predictions as to what will happen in the Rückrunde, including the coveted Cinderblock, Yeast, and Linchpin (not Lynchpin) awards.

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DFB Pokal review + match day 17 preview

The Hinrunde in the Bundesliga is slowly coming to an end and soon there will be no Bundesliga football to keep us warm during the coldest time of the year. But, don’t worry – match day 17 is still to come!

In the first part of our show Matt Hermann and Nik Wildhagen mull over the results of the third round in the DFB Pokal.

Mid-show we are first joined by Archie Rhind-Tutt who in the spirit of Christmas has brought along a present. We were more than happy to accept his interview for the Set Pieces of Werder Bremen striker Anthony Ujah which you’ll be able to listen to on this episode.

Nik has also spoken to Radio Free Weser host Patrick Davey about Werder’s crazy cup tie against Borussia Mönchengladbach and the club’s future prospects(Yes, Nik finally got his will and we are going big on the Werder love on this episode).

At the end of the show we take a closer look at the upcoming match day and we answer some of our listener questions!

Talking Fussball Extra – UCL group stage wrap, MD16 preview + bonus FC St. Pauli interview

The 2015-16 UEFA Champions League group stage is history – two Bundesliga sides passed the test, two didn’t. Each one has s story to tell and Matt Hermann and Nik Wildhagen are here to tease those stories out.

Nik then treats us to an interview with Maik Krükemeier of the Übersteiger ‘zine and the Millernton podcast, twin beacons of FC St. Pauli fandom. A great place to learn about the current state of play at Hamburg’s one-of-a-kind club.

Finally, we take a look at what’s in store on the penultimate match day before the winter break. Dig in!

Talking Fussball Extra – Champs Lg, Zorniger out at VfB, MD14 Preview

Much to discuss this week in TFE-land, where Matt Hermann welcomes Bundesliga TV commentator and columnist Kevin Hatchard back to the podcast. In the Champions League, Bayern bashed their way to another 4-0 home win, Wolfsburg inched closer to advancing, and Gladbach may yet have a say-so in when their European adventure concludes. Leverkusen…pretty much crapped the bed in Belarus.

Speaking of disappointment, Alexander Zorniger was meant to be the man to start a new era at VfB Stuttgart. But it turns out he only extended the chaos down Swabia way, flaming out after just 13 league games in charge. Und das ist gut so, writes Oliver Fritsch in Die Zeit Online. A pretty damning portrayal of German football’s misplaced trust in coaching whiz kids, and one we thought well worth a chat on the pod.

Finally there’s a whole Match Day 14 to discuss. Nordderby, Bayern-Hertha, Leverkusen-Schalke, and much much more. Listen up!